OVERVIEW – Salmon fishing was VERY GOOD most of this past week. Limit catches of Pink salmon are coming from all areas. There were chinooks being caught, mostly fish in the teens and twenties. Halibut fishing was SLOW with the big tides and most anglers were out after salmon.
The daily limit for coho is two (2) per day, hatchery marked only from June 1 to December 31, 2015.
A closure was implemented on all southern island freshwater systems, including the Cowichan River, in early July prohibiting all fishing, including First Nations FSC fishing. Management measures are now being expanded to the adjacent terminal marine areas, elevating the key chinook non-retention areas to salmon non-retention areas. DFO analysis has shown that the implementation of this management measure will reduce the exploitation rate on Cowichan Chinook.
The following subareas will close to salmon retention effective 00:01h August
4, 2015 until further notice:
Subareas 17-5 to 17-7, 17-9
Subareas 18-6 to 18-8
Subareas 19-7 to 19-12
DFO notices (For all in-season changes, check DFO website http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca)
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SOOKE – The salmon fishing was VERY GOOD this past week. The pink salmon are still here and most Sooke anglers targeting them have reported limit catches! Now that the pinks are running, it is a great opportunity to get new anglers and kids out. The springs were in less common and scattered throughout the area. Most chinooks are weighing in the 20’s and teens. The bigger springs are being caught in the 35 – 60 ft depths. Brian Masuch picked up a 40 lb spring near Possession Point this past week. Too bad he didn’t catch during the derby.
The Sooke Salmon Enhancement Society Derby was held this past weekend. First in the Open category was Brian Lacroix with a 28.65 lb chinook. Second place was Mark Purdy with a 27.9 lb chinook. Third went to Mark Cardinal with a 27.3 lb chinook. Ladies winner was Laura Lieph with a 20.75 lb chinook. Top senior angler was Richard Morin with a 22.45 lb chinook. Top junior angler was Togan Hack with a 19.9 lb chinook. Second place junior angler was Memphis Dawson with a 19.15 lb chinook and third place junior was Oliver Forbes Lucas with a 19.1 lb chinook. Largest hatchery fish winner was Michael Koff with a 23.1 lb Chinook.
Anchovies are the number one choice of bait for Sooke anglers but with the high numbers of pinks being caught recently, many anglers are forced to use artificial baits when they run out of anchovies or herring. Teaser heads that have been performing well with anchovies are Bloody Nose, UV Green, Green Glow and the Purple Haze. G-Force spoons in Irish Cream and No Bananas have been catching their fair number of fish. Coho Killers have been quite effective in catching pinks. A few sockeye have been caught but they are closed for retention. The most popular flashers recently have been the Ok’i Betsey, the Gibbs Outfitter and the Jellyfish UV.
BECHER BAY– Salmon fishing was PRETTY GOOD in East Sooke. There are lots of pink salmon and boats are getting limit catches. The pinks are throughout the entire area so you don’t have to search very far to find them. The best fishing has been on the flood tide in the tide rips and tide lines. The spring salmon fishing picked up a bit. The best fishing there has been in tight to shore in 100 feet of water and between 40 – 70 feet on the downrigger. The best location for springs was between the Trap Shack and Beechey Head, but a big spring could show up anywhere. Most springs were running from 15 to 22 lbs in size. Anchovies were the most productive bait for the springs and No Bananas and Halloween Candy were productive teaser heads. However, spoons and plastic baits have been popular due to anglers switching to artificial baits because of the amount of bait needed to weed through all of the pinks! The Glow/Green Stripe hootchy has been effective for springs this past week. Spoons, in 3 or 4 inch size such as G-Force in the Outfitter or Trap Shack colours were effective. For flashers, the Lemon Lime, Betsey and the Purple Onion have been good.
PEDDER BAY – Salmon fishing was EXCELLENT this week. Limits of pink salmon, some nice springs, a few hatchery coho and some catch and release sockeye were reported at Pedder Bay Marina. Pedder Bay itself was the prime location to catch a nice spring, especially in shallow water between the marina and the Deep Hole. All of the pink salmon has kept the rental boat fleet very busy and there are usually waits at peak times. It’s a great place to take the family for lots of action. Anglers jigging bay were also catching springs and the Mac Fish and Gibbs Minnows were productive jigging lures. Don Crowe hooked a 30 lb spring while jigging of Christopher Point and he landed it near Church Rock! Anchovy was the most productive bait when trolling for springs with Halloween Candy and Bloody Nose being top choices in teaser heads. G-force spoons with both glow and green have been working as well and are getting more popular due to all of the pinks eating up bait. Flashers that remain popular include the Madi, Betsey, Lemon-Lime and the Purple Onion.
HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was SLOW this past week. Anglers that were fishing were using mackerel, extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait. Berkley Gulp and Powerbait soft plastics also work very well. You can also use a large spoon fished off a spreader bar, Mudraker or Lucky Jigs or other large Jigs if you want to stay away from the dogfish.
VICTORIA – Fishing for springs was FAIR at Constance Bank if you could get your lure past the pink salmon. Springs are being caught both by trolling and jigging at the bank with the jiggers having an easier time of not hooking pinks. The pinks were less frequent this week off Victoria waterfront. The best spot to find the pinks has been in deeper water and along the tide lines. It’s still spotty for springs off the harbour entrance and the breakwater but some springs have been caught there. 13 year old Josh Elburne landed a 28 lb spring on Saturday morning near Macauley Point while using an anchovy in a Purple Haze teaser. Considering the number of boats out fishing, very few springs were caught with most fish weighing in the teens. .Anchovies, spoons and squirts were successful in getting hook ups. Good choices in plastic baits are the Electric Chair, Purple Haze and pink squirts. Gibbs Coho Killer, Sitka needlefish and Coyote spoons in green, moon glow and silver colours have been very effective. The Lemon Lime flasher with the Glow Green Splatter Back Coho Killer has been a very effective combo out on the bank.
HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was SLOW this past weekend. Anglers report that the dogfish were less of a problem this past week. Most anglers that were fishing were using mackerel, extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait. Berkley Gulp and Powerbait soft plastics also work very well. You can also use a large spoon fished off a spreader bar, Mudraker or Lucky Jigs or other large Jigs if you want to stay away from the dogfish.
OAK BAY – Salmon fishing was SPOTTY this past week. There were springs caught but fewer fish that during the previous week. Most salmon caught were when fishing lures right on the bottom (60-120 ft) on the flats. The fish were hitting needlefish spoons as needlefish are the predominant in the area. Shelby Buckle landed her first 20 lb spring last Monday while fishing with her dad. Anglers also caught fish using G-force spoons in 3 -3.5 in No Bananas and Outfitter colours. Anglers that were jigging reported catching springs as well. Coho Killers in Gold Nugget and Green Splatterback have been pretty productive. The best flasher has been the Gibbs Lemon Lime and the Bon Chovy.
HALIBUT – Halibut fishing was SLOW this past weekend out in Haro Strait and off Discovery Island. Anglers that have been fishing are using mackerel, extra large herring, salmon bellies and/or octopus for bait. Berkley Gulp and Powerbait soft plastics also work very well. You can also use a large spoon fished off a spreader bar, Mudraker or Lucky Jigs or other large Jigs if you want to stay away from the dogfish.
SIDNEY– Salmon fishing was GOOD near Sidney. The pink salmon have been running off of the Pender Bluffs and lots of boats are getting limits there. A few chinooks were brought in over the past week but not too many. The springs have been shallow, at 30 to 50 feet and in shallow water, first thing in the morning. The best locations for springs has been at Fairfax Point and Hambley point.Many anglers are fishing using anchovies in Bloody Nose and UV Green teaser heads. Squirts have been out-producing hootchies and the hot patterns for springs now are Purple Haze, J-79 and Electric Chair. Coho Killer spoons have also been working well, especially in double glow and Gold Nugget.
Notable Catches – Brian Masuch picked up a 40 lb spring near Possession Point this past week. Josh Elburne landed a 28 lb spring on Saturday morning near Macauley Point while using an anchovy in a Purple Haze teaser.
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OVERVIEW – Fishing is GOOD on most lakes as the water temperatures climb. Wild rainbows and cutthroats over 50 cm must be released in Cowichan Lake.
All rivers on Vancouver Island in Region 1 are now closed until further notice with the exception of the Campbell/Quinsam Rivers and the Qualicum River. To see a description and a map of the areas covered by the stream and river angling closures visit: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/fw/fish/regulations/#anglingclosure
TROUT – Trout fishing was GOOD on most lakes in the South Island area this past week. Bank anglers are catching trout on Powerbait, Gulp Eggs, or worms while fishing from shore and right on the bottom. Orange Garlic and Pink Garlic have been good choices recently for Powerbait. Fly anglers are fishing Pumpkinheads, Wooly Buggers, Leeches and Micro Leech patterns on full sink fly lines. Trollers have been doing well with Gibbs Gang Trolls and Gibbs Wedding Bands. Other good trolling lures are the Apex Trout Killers in rainbow, green or black and white patterns. Flatfish and/or Kwikfish have also been effective in sizes 5 to 7 in Frog, Black with Silver Flake or Rainbow Pattern. The biggest trout this year have come from Langford Lake.
BASS – Bass fishing is EXCELLENT. At this time of year most of the bass are in the shallows. During the day, soft plastics rigged Carolina style work well and crank baits can work well too. Soft plastics rigged “Carolina Style “is also a good choice when fishing drop offs and docks. The most productive colors in 4” Yum baits are Smoke or Pumpkinseed. Langford Lake, Shawnigan Lake, Prospect Lake and Elk and Beaver Lakes are the best local bass lakes. St. Mary’s Lake on Salt Spring Island is also a great lake for bass fishing.
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FISH TIP OF THE WEEK
When checking your gear while salmon fishing, try to do it while you’re in a location where salmon are least likely to be caught. Most trolling locations have key areas of structure where the chance of getting a fish is most likely. Have your gear in the water there and check it when moving between hot spots, not at the hot spot.